- I really enjoyed coming to class every day seven and knowing exactly what was going to happen and that by the end of class my scarf would be a little bit longer. It was a piece of peace on my day.
- The most challenging thing about Twenty Time was trying to plan back in September what my results in may would be. It was hard because I thought that I would have all the time in the world! May seemed so far away, so I thought I could make like 15 things but I still haven’t finished 1.
- I learned that I like arts and crafts and things like that. Usually I can’t sit still long enough to finish an entire art project, but during Twenty Time I discovered that I really like creating things.
- I’m most proud of the fact that I made something that I can wear out of my bare hands. That is so cool!
- I learned that if I stick with something and learn something new it can be really fun.
- I also learned that if I mess something up I should just try again and again and sometimes the mistakes are actually kind of pretty.
- I learned how to knit! I will forever be able to knit (I hope).
- Maybe if I had known at the beginning of the year exactly how much time we had I would’t have set the bar so high and I might have been able to reach my original goal.
Today Twenty Time was a little bit sad for me because it was the last working Twenty Time. Though I do wish that I had been able to finish my scarf this year, I am not disappointed with my accomplishments and it was fun to be able to knit during class again. I am very happy with the project I chose because I have developed a new hobby that is a little bit better for me than watching netflix or painting my nails ( It is possible to inhale too much nail polish remover), and I have learned a new skill. I am going to try to finish my scarf soon enough to give it to my mom for her birthday, and then I will start on a hat or some socks for my dad. I am able to make people presents that they will enjoy and I will enjoy it while I make things. Overall, I’d say it was a productive year for me in the hobby department of my life.
Today during Twenty Time I just knitted the entire class. It was pretty relaxing and I’m glad I was able to do that. While I was knitting I was thinking about our Twenty Time presentations and how I was pretty disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to show my finished scarf. I was worried that it would look like I hadn’t been working on my project. As I started thinking about it though, I realized that if you take the amount of time it takes me to finish each row, times the number of rows I have stitched, it comes out to be a lot of time spent knitting. I also thought about a few articles that I have read about knitting. It is really good for your arms and hands because it stretches your muscles in a repetitive way, and for your brain because it relaxes your brain and gives you time to think about things. All of this adds up to be a very productive Twenty Time project and I am so glad that this is what I have chosen.
Today during Twenty Time I knitted the whole class period which was great because I not only was able to catch up on my knitting, but I was able to relieve myself of a ton of stress. Right now at school it is extremely crazy for me not to mention that I have like 5 extracurriculars at their peeks and I’m taking drivers education. From all of this stuff I have been feeling really stressed lately so being able to take a class period to gather my thoughts and spend time doing something I like to do was really nice. I was able to focus my thoughts on one thing and gather myself so I could carry on my day without too much stress. Before I started knitting I didn’t realize how important it is to find a way to get rid of stress, but after I started knitting, I realized how good for you it can be. I am very glad I was able to find something I enjoy and brings me piece, not to mention that it is a particularly useful hobby.
Today during Twenty Time I studied for a biology quiz and got some of my homework done because I am going to the beach this weekend and I wanted to not have to worry about doing homework. Tomorrow I have a very long car ride so I am planning to make up for the time then. As far as knitting goes it’s pretty much the same. I am still enjoying it and I think it looks really pretty. I read a very interesting article the other say about how good for you knitting is. It helps keeps you finger muscles lose and uses a part of you brain that recognizes patterns. I think it is good for me because knitting gives me something to do with my hands so I don’t mess with things, and it gives me time to think. If I was just sitting and not doing anything I would be bored, but because I have something to do, I am able to focus on my own thoughts. I think knitting has been a very good hobby to take up.
Today during Twenty Time I knitted. It was just a nice work day. I got about twelve rows done today in class which is a lot more than I was getting at the beginning if the year. At the beginning of the year I was getting about four rows done during the class period, so this shows just how much I have progressed. The pattern that I have changed to have been very good because I not only love it, but it is a little bit easier so I make less mistakes, and I go faster. After school I knitted about another seven or eight rows. I have about two and a half feet of a scarf and I think I need about another four feet. I am not sure I am going to finish in time, but I am going to try really hard. I have been knitting a lot more than I used to out side of school which is good, but I still have a lot longer to go.
Today during Twenty Time I knitted for a portion of the shortened class period. Part of the way through I realized that I hadn’t done my biology homework or studied for a Spanish test, so I did that instead of knitting. I made this time up though when I got home and in the car on the way to my after school activities. I think that I knitted more than fifty minutes today, so I think that I”m alright. I started to worry though that I will not finish my scarf by April because I have been knitting since like October and I am only a quarter of the way. I have started knitting much more than just during Twenty Time too. I knit in the car mostly and when I am watching movies. I think I might be able to finish if I am very deliberate about it. I am still hoping to finish, but I know that this is a hard goal to reach so I don’t think I will be to disappointed if I do not reach this goal.
This Twenty Time I knitted as usual. I don’t remember if I said in the last post that I had changed my pattern, but I have. Before it was knit two stitches, purl two stitches. I have changed it to knit one row, purl the next row. I do this for fifteen rows and then I switch. It ends up looking a little bit striped. I changed the pattern for a few different reasons. The first reason is that I was getting a little bit bored with my knitting, and I think it was because it was too repetitive. This changes back and forth every fifteen rows now. The other reason is that it was taking me a very long time to knit because I had to count and recount and focus a ton on what I was doing. Now it is simple and it doesn’t take me nearly as long to complete a row. This means that there is a much better chance that I will finish my scarf by April. All and all, changing the pattern was a very good idea because it not only caused me to become more interested in my work, but it also sped up my process so I am more likely to finish.
Today during Twenty Time we had our mid year evaluation. It was very helpful for me because I realized that I have made more progress than I thought I had. Before today I thought that I was moving too slowly and that I hadn’t accomplished anything, but today I discovered that I have already accomplished my original goal. My original goal was to learn how to knit. I have already accomplished this goal. I have not only learned how to knit but also purl. This was all that I really wanted to accomplish. I got caught up in trying to make a certain number of items instead of becoming good at the skill of knitting. I will most likely only make one item and I don’t even know if I will finish, but I feel that I have learned a good skill. I would like to finish the scarf I am making though. I have changed the pattern from knit two purl two, to knit one row purl the next. I think this will make the knitting move along faster, and I might be more interested because it is something new.
Today during Twenty Time I knitted as usual. I am started to knit much slower than I used to and I get distracted much faster. I think this might be because I am bored with the scarf that I am making. I think I am going to put this project of to the side for now and start a new one. I might be more interested in new yarn and a different stitch pattern and maybe then I will enjoy it a little more. I think I may have talked about the different patterns I want to try, but if I haven’t yet, I will now. I would like to make a hat that looks like a cat that is just knitting one row and then purling the next row. It seems fairly simple and may not take as long as a scarf. I would also use thicker yarn and bigger needles so that would make it go faster also. There is no way that I am going to be able to make twelve to fifteen items, so my new goal is to make three items. I would like to finish the scarf, make the cat hat, and do another project that I haven’t decided on yet.